Matthew Domines, Esquire, PEL Senior Research Associate

Previously employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development for almost ten years, Matt has extensive legal, management, and finance and budgeting experience. He has formulated comprehensive municipal financial recovery plans for several municipalities that encompassed all elements of municipal government including revenue generation, procurement, service efficiency, labor relations and long-term economic growth.

Matt has provided emergency financial and technical assistance to stabilize municipal clients’ finances and administrative capacity due to unexpected expenditures or revenue shortfalls. He also has assisted municipalities with annual budget development by establishing timelines and mileposts for municipal budget formulation, adoption and follow-up monitoring, and instructed municipal budgeting and finance courses to municipal officials. Matt has extensive experience both with PEL and DCED working under the STMP program.

He received his B.S. in political science from the University of Scranton and Juris Doctorate in Law from the Widener University School of Law.

Attorney Matthew P. Domines

Mr. Domines is a research associate with the Pennsylvania Economy League’s Central PA Division in Wilkes-Barre, where he has worked since January 2016. Previously employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development for almost ten years, Mr. Domines has extensive legal, management, and finance and budgeting experience.

He has formulated comprehensive municipal financial recovery plans for several municipalities with Act 47 Coordinators that encompassed all elements of municipal government including revenue generation, procurement, service efficiency, labor relations and long-term economic growth. Mr. Domines led a team that provided emergency financial and technical assistance to stabilize municipal clients’ finances and administrative capacity due to unexpected expenditures or revenue shortfalls, and he was appointed the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Act 47 Coordinator for Pennsylvania’s first Chapter 9 federal debt adjustment action (Township of Westfall). He also has assisted municipalities with annual budget development by establishing timelines and mileposts for municipal budget formulation, adoption and follow-up monitoring, and instructed municipal budgeting and finance courses to municipal officials.

 Mr. Domines was manager of the Commonwealth’s Early Intervention Grant Program (a pre-emptive Act 47 financial distress program) and Municipal Assistance Grant program (promoting cooperative municipal service delivery). In addition, he was appointed as mediator to disputes between municipalities and within municipal administrations, and he oversaw the development and presentation of management studies that evaluated job descriptions and made recommendations to improve employee efficiency.

He was a member of the Commonwealth’s City of Scranton uniformed labor litigation legal team in a landmark case that was decided by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, managed the financial closing process of the Commonwealth’s economic development commercial loan projects and was a team member of the Commonwealth’s advisory panel regarding the feasibility of a concessionary agreement of the Harrisburg Parking Authority.

In addition, Mr. Domines participated in drafting Commonwealth legislation that was proposed to the General Assembly for consideration, assisted in drafting and adopting intergovernmental cooperation agreements, advised municipal employees on the request for proposal process for the procurement of professional services, advised municipal officials on potential conflicts of interest and negotiated and processed municipal grant contract applications and amendments.

 

Mr. Domines was appointed project manager for the Commonwealth’s Centralia Mine Fire Project and as the Commonwealth’s regional representative to coordinate distribution of Pennsylvania Gaming Local Share Account funds (Monroe and Luzerne).

He received his B.S. in political science from the University of Scranton and Juris Doctorate in Law from the Widener University School of Law.